New Garda figures just released reveal that, whilst many crimes in Greystones are down on last year – including dangerous driving, by 80% – burglaries in the area have increased by a staggering 150%.
Comparing the first two months of 2017 with the January and February, 2016, despite the very significant decrease in many areas – drink driving down 33%, theft from MPV vehicles down 58% – the Garda Superintendent, Pat Ward, acknowledged during a presentation to the Greystones Municipal District council that the Greystones division had been working extremely hard on combating the problem, and are seeing results already.
Said Cllr Nicola Lawless on the new initiatives, “This is very positive and reassuring for the communities in the district, and we have many neighbourhood watch areas and community groups who are willing to play their part in assisting Gardaí with their stellar work in protecting our community.”
Lawless went on to praise Kilcoole’s Feat On The Beat, the community-based group who called for more Gardaí in the town by collecting more than 2,000 signatures, which were handed in to Leinster House last October.
The creation too of a Charlesland Neighbourhood Watch – sprearheaded by local resident Mark Barry and Cllr Jennifer Whitmore – have been welcomed too, given that the Greystones estate has proven particularly vulnerable to burglaries. The recent rise in crime in Delgany would appear to be more of a simple cause-and-effect problem.
“When criminals see an area working together with an alert system and a visible Garda presence they will think twice before chancing their arm,” finished Lawless.